Revamp Your Living Space

Tatum Galleries on How to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

Warm temperatures, blue skies and sunny days are upon us. If you’re planning to do any entertaining or lounging outdoors, it may be time for you to rethink the look and feel of your outdoor patio or deck.  Summer Hays, Manager at Tatum Galleries, had a few of tips for Charlotte residents who are looking to get geared up for outdoor living.

Find your purpose

Before you start decorating, it is important for you to think about what your space will be used for. Are you looking for a place to enjoy dinner? Maybe you are just looking for a place to nap, read and relax. Figure out what you’ll use the space for and don’t feel like you are limited to just one function. You can use furniture to make your options endless.

Whether you entertain or not can decide how your outdoor furniture will be arranged. “If someone doesn’t entertain very much and likes seclusion, we always include a sofa, a couple chairs and a coffee table,” says Hays. “If they need some dining, we will tuck a small dining area in a corner.” Everything else in the room should be centered on relaxation.

“For people who like to entertain, we make scenarios,” she said. Hays suggests a great set-up for people who like to entertain is a four-chair circle because most men do not like to sit on a sofa together and you want your guests to feel comfortable.  If you include a dining table, put them close to the conversation area to make all of your guests feel involved.

Embrace colors

“Don’t be scared of color outdoors. This is when you can have a sense of whimsy and throw some cute and colorful pillows out there,” she said. “Another way to add color is through lots of flowers and plants.“

Area rugs are a good way to find the colors you want to use to make the indoor and outdoors decor flow. “I always suggest starting with an outdoor area rug. It pulls the area together and gives you a color to build on,” says Hays.

Furniture style is key

Matching style indoors and outdoors is important as well. You don’t want to purchase something provincial if you have a cottage-style home

Summer states, “There is a style and a fit of outdoor furniture for anybody from the very simple lines to provincial, Queen Anne leg, wrought iron.” She suggests deep seating with back and seat cushions 5-7 inches deep. This encourages use and makes your space into an extended living room.

Outdoor furniture is a great investment.

Furnishing your outdoor space can add up quickly. Financially, it is a big commitment to purchase outdoor furniture but don’t feel like you have to buy it all at once. “Some of our customers say let’s start with the deep seating, next year I’ll do dinning. It’s a commitment financially for these pieces but they’ll will have them pieces for the rest of their lives,” says Hays.

Overall, your outdoor area should be somewhere fun and a place you can’t wait to get to when you get home.

Tatum Galleries has over 25 years of experience in offering furniture and interior design services for residential and commercial customers. All of their employees are highly trained in interior design services to better serve their customers. Tatum Galleries’ showroom in Banner Elk, NC has a wide selection of home accents, unique furnishings and sample sections. For more information, visit